The Australian government is looking into starting the Language Maintenance and Language Revitalisation Programme and an Aboriginal interpreting service to protect Aboriginal languages and promote them among younger generations in the Northern Territory.
In the region, 32% of the population is indigenous, and more than 100 Aboriginal languages and dialects are spoken. Many members of the population speak English as their third or fourth language.
The interpreter service has been developed to ensure that all of the inhabitants of the Northern Territory receive access to government programmes, services and information. Under the Language Maintenance and Language Revitalisation Programme each school in the region can determine themselves what priority language learning has for the school, in consultation with the local community. The Northern Territory is the only Australian region offering such a comprehensive indigenous language programme.
In addition, the Northern Territory Library has developed many programmes to document and preserve the indigenous languages.